Error establishing a database connection, after a-name record update (2 posts)

  1. Innovnate
    Posted 2 years ago #


    I recently updated the a-name (www only) record for a domain name to point to the host I'm using. It updated fine and I can log in to cpanel using the domain name.

    I installed wordpress through the automated Fantastico - and all went through smoothly, however I'm getting an error when I try to open up anything! Error establishing a database connection...

    I also tried installing a test on a subdomain, and that didn't work...

    Is it just because the records have been updated, and should I wait more than an hour or two? Or is it something more sinister? http://www.cruzing.com.au is the domain :)

  2. Tara
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Error connecting to your database: You are getting this error because WP is unable to establish a database connection. Reason why WP is unable to establish a database connection can vary. It could be that your database login credentials are wrong or have been changed. It could be that your database server is unresponsive. It could be that your database has been corrupted. Also, There could be other factors as well.

    To troubleshooting this problem:
    - double check your wp-config.php file settings for the database name, database username and database password, and the host name (e.g., "localhost" Vs. something else). This is where most errors occur.
    - Then make sure wp-config.php is in right location.
    - Then check that you don't need to change the database host from "localhost" to something else. You can get that info from your hosting provider.
    - Check you have actually created a database with the same database name as is in your wp-config.php file.
    - Last, but not least, if all that information is correct your database probably has a problem with it, and you may need to contact your hosting provider if the database server is online / if they have any other problem at their end, or they made any changes to your account, or if there are any limitations/restrictions, or if the hosting package is set to Windows and not Linux, etc.
    There are also many threads on this topic on these forums: http://wordpress.org/search/Error+establishing+a+database+connection?forums=1

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